The “Grandest Congress”: The French and Indian War in Alexandria
04/06/2013 12:00 PM to 04/06/2013 04:00 PM
Cost: Free, $5 Suggested DonationThe Carlyle House, completed in 1753 by British merchant, Colonel John Carlyle interprets the lifestyle of an elite 18th-century Virginia family. But for a brief period in the spring of 1755, Carlyle’s elegant Alexandria home became the focal point of British military operations in North America. From March 26 through April 20, 1755 Major General Edward Braddock, the Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty’s Forces in North America made Carlyle House his headquarters. General Braddock had been sent to the colonies to oversee the escalating war with France. During Braddock’s stay, the Carlyle House was witness to what Colonel Carlyle described as “the Grandest Congress … ever known on the Continent.” This congress of five colonial governors was convened by the General to layout his plan to oust the French from North America, as well as to seek funding from the colonies for their own defense. Alexandrians never forgot Braddock’s visit and for many years afterward Colonel John Carlyle’s home was remembered as the “Braddock House.” Join us on Saturday April 6th to step back in time to this historic moment. Peek in on the meeting inside and enjoy the sights and smells of 18th-century style food being prepared for a grand dinner for Braddock and the Governors. Costumed interpreters will be on site to answer your questions.